Who the heck is Og Mandino?
Books by Og Mandino
Quotes by Og Mandino
“A smile remains the most inexpensive gift I can bestow on anyone and yet its powers can vanquish kingdoms.”
“Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.”
“As a child I was slave to my impulses; now I am slave to my habits, as are all grown men.”
“Cherish each hour of this day for it can never return.”
“Competition will always place your life in the hands of others, while initiative gives you the freedom to choose your own destiny.”
“Count your blessings. Once you realize how valuable you are and how much you have going for you, the smiles will return, the sun will break out, the music will play, and you will finally be able to move forward the life that God intended for you with grace, strength, courage, and confidence.”
“Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time.”
“Every one should be wealthy, if only for a day, so that each might realize that being rich is not the ideal condition that most believe it is. ”
“Experience is comparable to fashion; an action that proved successful today will be unworkable and impractical tomorrow. Only principles endure.”
“Failure will never overtake you if your determination to succeed is strong enough.”
“Good habits are the key to all success. Bad habits are the unlocked door to failure.”
“He who worries about calamities suffers them twice over.”
“How do I change?
If I feel depressed I will sing.
If I feel sad I will laugh.
If I feel ill I will double my labor.
If I feel fear I will plunge ahead.
If I feel inferior I will wear new garments.
If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice.
If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come.
If I feel incompetent I will think of past success.
If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals.
Today I will be the master of my emotions.”
“I am convinced that the greatest legacy we can leave our children are happy memories.”
“I am here for a purpose and that purpose is to grow into a mountain, not to shrink to a grain of sand. Henceforth will I apply all my efforts to become the highest mountain of all and I will strain my potential until it cries for mercy.”
“I am the end product of thousands of years of evolution; therefore, I am better equipped in both mind and body than all the emperors and wise men who preceded me.”
“I determine to render more and better service, each day, than I am being paid to render. Those that reach the top are the ones who are not content with doing only what is required of them.”
“I will act now. I will repeat these words again and again and again. I will walk where failures fear to walk. I will work when failures seek rest. I will act now for now is all I have. Tomorrow is the day reserved for the labor of the lazy. I am not lazy. Tomorrow is the day when the failure will succeed. I am not a failure. I will act now. Success will not wait. If I delay, success will become wed to another and lost to me forever. This is the time. This is the place. I am the person.”
“I will consider each day’s effort as but one blow of my blade against a mighty oak.”
“I will live this day as if it is my last. I will waste not a moment mourning yesterday’s misfortunes, Yesterday’s defeats, yesterday’s aches of the heart. This day is all I have and these hours are now my eternity. I am indeed a fortunate man and today’s hours are but a bonus, undeserved. Why have I been allowed to live this extra day when others, far better than I, have departed? Is it that they have accomplished their purpose while mine is yet to be achieved? Is this another opportunity for me to become the man I know I can be?”
“I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.”
“I will not allow yesterday's success to lull me into today's complacency, for this is the great foundation of failure.”
“I will persist until I succeed. Always will I take another step. If that is of no avail I will take another, and yet another. In truth, one step at a time is not too difficult... I know that small attempts, repeated, will complete any undertaking.”
“I would rather try to succeed and fail than try to do nothing and succeed.”
“If I waste today I destroy the last page of my life.”
“It does not matter what others think, it is of prime importance, however, what you think about you.”
“It is those who concentrate on but one thing at a time who advance in this world.”
“Laugh at yourself and at life. Not in the spirit of derision or whining self-pity, but as a remedy, a miracle drug, that will ease your pain, cure your depression, and help you to put in perspective that seemingly terrible defeat... Never take yourself too seriously.”
“Let others build a cave with their clay. I will build a castle with mine.”
“Manners and graces are the sugar to which all are attracted.”
“Men don’t fail; they give up trying.”
“Mistakes are life's way of teaching you. Shake off your blunders. How will you know your limits without an occasional failure? Never quit.”
“Most humans, in varying degrees, are already dead. In one way or another they have lost their dreams, their ambitions, their desire for a better life. They have surrendered their fight for self-esteem and they have compromised their great potential. They have settled for a life of mediocrity, days of despair and nights of tears. They are no more than living deaths confined to cemeteries of their choice. Yet they need not remain in that state. They can be resurrected from their sorry condition. They can each perform the greatest miracle in the world. They can each come back from the dead...”
“Most of all I will love myself. For when I do I will zealously inspect all things which enter my body, my mind, my soul, and my heart. Never will I overindulge the requests of my flesh, rather I will cherish my body with cleanliness and moderation. Never will I allow my mind to be attracted to evil and despair, rather I will uplift it with the knowledge and wisdom of the ages. Never will I allow my soul to become complacent and satisfied, rather I will feed it with meditation and prayer. Never will I allow my heart to become small and bitter, rather I will share it and it will grow and warm the earth.”
“Most of us build prisons for ourselves and after we occupy them for a period of time we become accustomed to their walls and accept the false premise that we are incarcerated for life. As soon as that belief takes hold of us we abandon hope of ever doing more with our lives and of ever giving our dreams a chance to be fulfilled. We become puppets and begin to suffer living deaths. It may be praiseworthy and noble to sacrifice your life to a cause or a business or the happiness of others, but if you are miserable and unfulfilled in that lifestyle, and know it, then to remain in it is a hypocrisy, a lie, and a rejection of the faith placed in you by your creator.”
“My dreams are worthless, my plans are dust, my goals are impossible. All are of no value unless they are followed by action.”
“Never again clutter your days or nights with so many menial and unimportant things that you have no time to accept a real challenge when it comes along. This applies to play as well as work. A day merely survived is no cause for celebration. You are not here to fritter away your precious hours when you have the ability to accomplish so much by making a slight change in your routine. No more busy work. No more hiding from success. Leave time, leave space, to grow. Now. Now! Not tomorrow!”
“Never allow anyone to rain on your parade and thus cast a pall of gloom and defeat on the entire day. Remember that no talent, no self-denial, no brains, no character, are required to set up in the fault-finding business.”
“Never feel shame for trying and failing, for he who never failed is he who never tried.”
“Never neglect the little things. Never skimp on that extra effort, that additional few minutes, that soft word of praise or thanks, that delivery of the very best that you can do. You can never do your best, which should always be your trademark, if you are cutting corners and shirking responsibilities.”
“Nothing external can have any power over you unless you permit it.”
“Nothing will make us so charitable and tender to the faults of others, as, by self-examination, thoroughly to know our own.”
“Obstacles are necessary for success because in all careers of importance, victory comes only after many struggles and countless defeats.”
“Often it is not the wrong start but the wrong stop that makes the difference between success and failure.”
“One must know that in whatever he does he is moving forward toward a goal. Aimlessness is the worst enemy of success. One can hardly feel successful in a bog. But as long as one has purpose he feels that his energies and creative thought are taking him somewhere, and there is satisfaction in the journey just as there is despair whenever we feel, as we often insightfully put it, that we are getting nowhere.”
“Only action determines my value in the market place and to multiply my value I will multiply my actions.”
“Poverty may be a privilege and even a way of life for the monk in the desert, for he has only himself to sustain and none but his god to please, but I consider poverty to be the mark of lack of ability or lack of ambition.”
“Realize that true happiness lies within you. Waste no time and effort searching for peace and contentment and joy in the world outside. Remember that there is no happiness in having or in getting, but only in giving. Reach out. Share. Smile. Hug. Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.”
“So long as I have something to do, someone to love, and something to hope for, I shall be happy.”
“So many of us think ourselves into smallness, into inferiority, by thinking downward. We are held back by too much caution. We are timid about venturing. We are not bold enough. Struck down by our own caution, our own lack of faith in ourselves and our abilities. Opportunities? There were many. But always there was risk. Do we dare? We vacillate. Time hurries by. Opportunity gone. We anguish. The years roll on. Finally, we convince ourselves that it's too late and settle for cheap imitations of life.”
“Sound character provides the power with which a person may ride the emergencies of life instead of being overwhelmed by them. Failure is the highway to success.”
“Take the attitude of a student, never be too big to ask questions, never know too much to learn something new.”
“The creation of a thousand forests is in a single acorn. Concentration.”
“The only certain means of success is to render more and better service than is expected of you, no matter what your task may be.”
“The rewards are great if one succeeds but the rewards are great only because so few succeed.”
“The secret of success is to triple your rate of failure.”
“The victory of success is half won when one gains the habit of setting goals and achieving them. Even the most tedious chore will become endurable as you parade through each day convinced that every task, no matter how menial or boring, brings you closer to achieving your dreams.”
“There are two kinds of discontented in this world, the discontented that works and the discontented that wrings its hands. The first gets what it wants and the second loses what it has. There is no cure for the first but success and there is no cure at all for the second. The very worst of my vices and bad habits will abate of themselves if they are brought to an accounting every day.”
“There is an immeasurable distance between late and too late.”
“They are the living dead and we have many of those among us, spending their days whining and complaining and never making any attempt to change their lives for the better.”
“Time teaches all things to him who lives forever but I have not the luxury of eternity.”
“To be always intending to make a new and better life but never to find time to set about it is as to put off eating and drinking and sleeping from one day to the next until you're dead.”
“Today will never happen again. Don't waste it with a false start or no start at all.”
“Today... I begin a new life!”
“Treasure the friendship you receive above all. It will survive long after your gold and good health have vanished.”
“Treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do so with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.”
“Very often we are our own worst enemy as we foolishly build stumbling blocks on the path that leads to success and happiness.”
“We are held back by too much caution. We are timid about venturing. We are not bold enough. And so we die before we reach middle age, although we will not be lowered into the ground until we pass three score and ten.”
“We first make our habits, and then our habits make us”
“Weak is he who permits his thoughts to control his actions; strong is he who forces his actions to control his thoughts.”
“Wealth, my son, should never be your goal in life. Your words are eloquent but they are mere words. True wealth is of the heart, not of the purse.”
“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, he can achieve.”
“Which two, among a thousand wise men, will define success in the same words; yet failure is always described but one way. Failure is man's inability to reach his goals in life, whatever they may be.”
“Without enthusiasm you are doomed to a life of mediocrity but with it you can accomplish miracles.”
“Work as though you would live forever, and live as though you would die today.”
“Work is not your enemy but your friend. How you work, not what you do, determines the course of your life. You may work grudgingly or you may work gratefully; you may work as a human or you may work as a robot. There is no work so rude that you may not exalt in it; no work so demeaning that you cannot breathe soul into it; no work so dull that you may not enliven it.”
“Your only limitations are those you set up in your mind, or permit others to set up for you.”
“Your time is too precious to be sacrificed in wasted days combating the menial forces of hate, jealously, and envy.”